Lampard confirms Mendy absence as Chelsea begin Champions League campaign

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has confirmed that goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is set to miss the Blues' opening Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday.

Mendy suffered a thigh injury in training while on international duty with Senegal and Kepa Arrizabalaga deputised for the 28-year-old in Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

However, the Spaniard did not cover himself in glory after he and defender Kurt Zouma were involved in a calamitous mix-up which allowed Che Adams to net the Saints' second goal.

And Blues fans hoping for Mendy to make a swift return in time for the Champions League will be disappointed after Lampard revealed the 28-year-old will not be fit for another week or two.

Speaking after the draw with Southampton, Lampard said: "I was talking about Kepa before and he makes a couple of really good saves in the match.

"But of course peoples’ eyes will be drawn to the second goal and I understand that because it wasn’t just Kepa who was involved in that goal. That is the unfortunate world of a goalkeeper.

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"Mendy is at the minute injured and probably will be fit in the next week or two weeks and then that will be the decision for me to make about who plays."

As a result, Arrizabalaga may keep his place against Sevilla and Lampard has called on the goalkeeper to be tough mentally as he looks to bounce back from his latest mistake.

"We know that all eyes are on him, how competitive it is," Lampard added.

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"As a goalkeeper, you know all eyes are on you. Kepa has to deal with that and also feel the support of me and the team-mates. It is unfortunate because he did make a couple of good saves today.

"When you are a goalkeeper, people will judge you on other moments as well. He has to keep working and there’s only one way of getting through those periods and it is to work and to feel support around him."

  • Champions League
  • Frank Lampard
  • Chelsea FC

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